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Comment: Re:Nope, not going to play Diablo 3. (Score 2) 384

by klocwerk (#36947554) Attached to: Blizzard Reveals Diablo 3 (Real Money) Auction House

Why? This means that you are less likely to get ripped off since Blizzard will be running it versus the third party sites where you are most likely getting scammed from. Why would you think the second choice is better?

Frankly because I don't care if people doing an explicitly forbidden activity get ripped off.
Wrapping it into the game likely means that all the best items will get put in the cash auction house, and the in-game-gold AH will only have lesser items.

I'd love a separate server (cluster) for those who wanted to play in the real money economy.

Comment: Re:Nope, not going to play Diablo 3. (Score 4, Interesting) 384

by klocwerk (#36947122) Attached to: Blizzard Reveals Diablo 3 (Real Money) Auction House

Fuck everything about this...

I kind of have to agree...
I was a hardcore D2 gamer, almost failed out of college because of that game, and I've been looking forward to D3 Very Much.
But real money? No. I play games as an escape from thinking about things like my bank account.

Bliz, please rethink this.
Let a real money secondary economy evolve, but for the love of Pete don't enshrine it in the game.


+ - Introducing kids to IT->

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wanderyng1 writes "We're having a job shadow day at the office in which High School students follow you around for half a day so you can introduce them to your particular field. I'm a Linux Sys Admin at a biotech company so I expected most of the kids would want to hang out with the scientists. Apparently they're *way* more interested in IT than I thought, as I have 11 of the 20 shadowing me for the day.

What things would you introduce high school juniors and seniors to that would interest them in IT? Any ideas on activities I could set up that might be fun for them to try out themselves? I was thinking of setting up a few VM sandboxes for them to mess up and fix, but that's all I've got so far."

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Comment: Re:LTO Tapes (Score 1) 411

by klocwerk (#31357382) Attached to: Long-Term Storage of Moderately Large Datasets?

I have to agree.
Investigated this for my last job, we did in fact end up doing SATA 1TB disks in a fireproof safe in the server room, but we had a lot less data to deal with than you do.
LTO5 should be out this year with 1.5TB native space, and it compresses very well. You could probably get one of your clients per tape.

LTO's got a long lifespan, and is readable with newer LTO tech for a few generations. There's a reason it's the industry standard backup these days.

Comment: Re:Be careful using the P2V tool. (Score 5, Informative) 356

by klocwerk (#31077532) Attached to: The Hidden Treasures of Sysinternals

It says so in the readme file, and it's a feature not a bug to keep you from hosing your system because you didn't read the readme...

When you first fire up the new VHD it replaces the disk ID with a new one so that it's unique. This causes much trouble if the computer has two of the same disk ID at the same time when it goes to change one, as you might imagine.

Comment: Re:Diesel is so obviously better for hybrids (Score 5, Informative) 687

by klocwerk (#29106705) Attached to: World's Only Diesel-Electric Honda Insight

Except that you're talking about a series hybrid drive, and only the Chevy Volt works that way at the moment.

The Insight and the Prius are both parallel drive hybrids, which means the gas engine turns the wheels as well as powers up the batteries. The electric turns the wheels sometimes. The Volt's big thing is that it's a series hybrid, the drive is always electric and the gas engine runs at its high-efficiency speed to charge the batteries, then shuts off again.

Meaning that your comment would be correct if all hybrids were series hybrids, but as of now your comment would only apply to the Volt which isn't in production yet.


Journal: Democrats May Reinstate Fairness Doctrine.

Journal by Slithe
Last week at the National Conference for Media Reform, Dennis Kucinich stated that Fairness Doctrine may be reinstated. The Fairness Doctrine was an FCC regulation that required broadcast media to present controversial issues in an honest, equal and balanced manner. It was repealed in 1987, and the Supreme Court ruled that the Doctrine was constitutional when applied to radio stat

+ - 40,000 Year Old Skull Links Humans to Neanderthals

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Romer!can writes "Scientific American is reporting that today's publication of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences has announced that the 40,000 year old skull found in Romania does suggest a link between humans and neanderthals, speculating the result is from interbreeding. If that were correct, it adds to the evidence suggesting that human evolution is influenced by neanderthals. However, it's worth noting the Washington Post obtained comments from the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History which cast doubt on any link at all between humans and neanderthals."

The perversity of nature is nowhere better demonstrated by the fact that, when exposed to the same atmosphere, bread becomes hard while crackers become soft.